Max Stafford-Clark and Caryl Churchill in Top Girls at Trafalgar Studios

Max Stafford-Clark and Caryl Churchill are re-united once again for the smash-hit transfer of Top Girls.  Suranne Jones (Coronation Street) stars in this provocative study of powerful women in Thatcher’s Britain.

The critics are raving that this powerful and brilliant new production substantiates Top Girls as one of the great modern classics.

It’s Thatcher’s England and hard-nosed businesswoman Marlene is hosting a dinner party to celebrate her promotion to MD of the Top Girls Employment Agency. Her guests – all powerful women from myth and history – create an extraordinary gathering. 

A provocative study of powerful women in Thatcher’s Britain, the play examines the compromises made by women in the quest for success, and what happens to those left behind.

Starring Stella Gonet, Suranne Jones, Catherine McCormack, Lucy Briers, Laura Elphinstone, Lisa Kerr and Olivia Poulet.

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Tracie Bennett in End Of The Rainbow at Trafalgar Studios

Olivier Award winning star of Hairspray Tracie Bennett returns to the West End Stage in Peter Quilter’s new play based on the later life of Judy Garland. Directed by the multi celebrated award winning Terry Johnson, End Of The Rainbow received 5 star reviews and nightly standing ovations on its pre London run.

It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback… again. In a London hotel suite with her young new fiance at her side, Garland battles with a tornado of drugs and alcohol as she undertakes an exhausting series of concerts at the Talk of the Town to try and reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation. Despite a series of failed marriages and a wrecked Hollywood career, Judy remains a tough, compelling, remarkable woman always armed to the teeth with her legendary razor-sharp wit.

Featuring a breathtaking performance by Tracie Bennett the production features several of Garland’s classic songs, including The Man That Got Away, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, with a live onstage band.

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Educating Rita at Trafalgar Studios

Much to the dismay of her husband Denny, Rita, a young, brash hairdresser, has recently discovered a passion for English literature and enrols with the Open University. Her fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics challenges the attitudes of the University and her lecturer Frank who begins to question his own understanding of his work and himself.

Commissioned by the RSC, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita was first performed at The Warehouse, London, in June 1980 and later transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre. The production starred Julie Walters and Mark Kingston and won the Society of West End Theatres award for Best Comedy. Julie Walters went on to play Rita in the BAFTA award winning film version with Michael Caine as Frank. Both received BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards and Oscar nominations for their performances.

This production stars Tim Pigott-Smith and Laura Dos Santos.

Meera Syal in Shirley Valentine at Trafalgar Studios

Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at Number 42) stars in the first major London revival of Willy Russell’s SHIRLEY VALENTINE following its sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Meet Shirley: a middle-aged Liverpudlian housewife who talks to the wall whilst preparing her husband’s egg and chips. She?s in a rut. What has happened to her life? When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to Greece she packs her bags, heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself rather differently…

Commissioned by the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine premiered in 1986 directed by Glen Walford. In 1988, under the direction of Simon Callow, it opened in the West End, wining the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and starring Pauline Collins, who went on to play Shirley on Broadway (winning a Tony Award) and in the 1988 film (winning a BAFTA Award and Oscar nomination).

Starring Meera Syal in ‘London’s Best Comic Performance’ (Time Out)

Shirley Valentine will run at Trafalgar Studios from 20 July to 30 October 2010.

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Wolfboy and State Fair at Trafalgar Studios Studio 2

Wolfboy at at Trafalgar Studios Studio 2 from Tuesday, 6 July 2010 until Saturday, 31 July 2010.

Two boys share an intimate adventure in an institution: Bernie’s a Grade ‘A’ golden boy who has attempted suicide, David’s a street hustler who may or may not have the powers of a wolf.

After 2009’s record-breaking New Boy director Russell Labey brings the first full-scale musical to Trafalgar 2. Stars Daniel Boys and Emma Rigby.

State Fair at Trafalgar Studios Studio 2 from Tuesday, 3 August 2010 until Saturday, 28 August 2010

Set against the colourful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, State Fair travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the 1946 annual Iowa State Fair. The Academy Award winning score includes such Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as It Might as Well Be Spring and It’s a Grand Night for Singing.

Confessions Of A Dancewhore at Trafalgar Studios Studio 2

Politics and pop culture clash in this foul-mouthed theatrical cabaret – an accomplished and vivid performance for everyone who has ever felt like an ‘other’. Remixed and revisited for Pride 2010 Confessions of A Dancewhore fuses comedy, burlesque, drag and new media performance to explore the contradictions and cliches of queer life.

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The Caretaker by Harold Pinter

The Caretaker – first performed in 1940 – was Harold Pinter’s first big hit. Fifty years on, it remains as mysterious and compelling as ever.

In this new production, Hollywood star and two-time Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce joins the pantheon of great actors from Donald Pleasance to Michael Gambon who have played the part of the mysterious drifter, Davies.

Offered shelter in a dilapidated London flat by two strangers who later turn out to be brothers, Davies becomes embroiled in power games both terrifying and comic.

When this production opened at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in October 2009 it was acclaimed as one of the finest ever productions of the play ever. Now it transfers to the West End for fourteen weeks only.

Opened: 12-Jan-2010
Booking until: 17-Apr-2010
Author: Harold Pinter
Casts: Jonathan Pryce

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A Daughter’s a Daughter will run at the Trafalgar Studios

A Daughter’s a Daughter will open at the Trafalgar Studios For a Limited Season 14th Dec – 9th Jan 2010.

A Daughter’s A Daughter was penned under the pseudonym of ‘Mary Westmacott’, which Agatha Christie used for a series of six romantic novels published between 1930 and 1956. Quite different from any of Christie’s previous work for the stage it is, in many respects, a far more ‘personal’ play than anything else she wrote.

A must for all Christie fans, this is a tense and sometimes taut glimpse at obsession within a dysfunctional and self serving family. Returning home from the Second World War (Honeysuckle Weeks), convinces her mother Ann (Jenny Seagrove) to ‘live life to the hilt’, and ditch her fiancé Richard. Meanwhile, Sarah has become involved with cad Lawrence and feels the need to marry him in order to please her mother. Resentment and jealousy rage as gradually the relationship between mother and daughter is corroded while each seeks solace and happiness in futile pursuits.

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Ella Hickson’s ‘Eight’ at Trafalgar Studios Now on Sale!

Ella Hickson’s ‘Eight’ swept the board at the Edinburgh Festival in 2008. An underground hit, propagated by sensational word-of-mouth, it went on to garner excellent reviews and win the three top awards at the world’s largest arts festival.

This thumpingly British show went stateside in January 2009 where it achieved huge critical acclaim and a sell-out run in New York’s PS122 Theatre.

This summer, ‘Eight’ is coming home.

Hickson’s eight endearing characters offer deliciously cynical yet touching snippets of life in contemporary Britain, questioning what it is to be ‘normal’ in a generation where everything has become acceptable. From 7/7 survivors (“One of the finest pieces of writing I’ve yet heard about the aftermath of that terrible day” Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman) to ex-squaddies making friends in morgues, ‘Eight’ looks at Britain’s youth from a refreshingly offbeat angle.

Written and directed by 23 year old Londoner, Ella Hickson,‘Eight’ is a precocious and impressive debut show; Hickson is the youngest ever playwright to be published by Nick Hern, the UK’s leading performing arts publisher, “I’m trying to tackle the negative reputation my generation have earned themselves. We do have something intelligent to offer and we’re not afraid of asking tough questions.”

The format of the show lets the audience “choose their company” and vote to determine which four of the eight monologues are performed each night, creating their own bespoke hour of theatre. Formed around the results of a survey that asked twenty-somethings what defined their generation, Hickson has tried to answer their almost unanimous response of ‘apathy’, with a show that works to find the glimmers of faith amidst wholesale cynicism. ‘Eight’ moves seamlessly from morbidity to hilarity as its characters search for meaning in a morally, spiritually and literally bankrupt Britain.

“Hickson has already found her voice and it’s a powerful one – a potent show indeed” New York Times

“Stunningly well performed – a huge writing talent…a truly impressive and exciting hour of theatre, you’re blown away.” The Scotsman

“One of the most self-assured, startlingly well-written and moving pieces of theatre around.” The Herald

“Intriguing writing, brilliant direction and excellent performances.” British Theatre Guide

For More Informtion: www.eight-theatre.com

Othello Starting from 11th Sept at Trafalgar Studios!

Love, racism, jealousy and desire are at the emotional core of Shakespeare’s monumental tragedy – a tender love story shattered by one man’s obsessive hatred of another.

Othello is noble, brave and victorious. Iago, passed over for a position in the army, fuels his diabolical revenge with hatred and snarling racism. Poignant, intense and heartbreaking, Othello mercilessly explores every inch of the human condition. Starring Lenny Henry.

Opened: 11-Sep-2009
Booking until: 12-Dec-2009
Performance Times: Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm 
Running Time: 145 minutes

Author: W. Shakespeare

Venue: Trafalgar Studios 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

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